Do Your Best

The Philharmonic Orchestra has many pieces, humans are at the helm of each of these pieces. Their expertise, skills and knowledge put together in one accord makes a beautiful melody for all to hear, to meditate on and to receive into their hearts and minds. Only the best musicians are chosen for such an honor to play in this orchestra. All it takes is one instrument out of tune or out of time with the others to throw the whole performance off.

Our faith can be like that too. God’s word in 2 Peter 1:5-11 reads: “Do your best to improve your faith by adding goodness, understanding, self-control, patience, devotion to God, concern for others, and love. If you keep growing in this way, it will show that what you know about our Lord Jesus Christ has made your lives useful and meaningful. But if you don’t grow, you are like someone who is nearsighted or blind, and you have forgotten that your past sins are forgiven. My friends, you must do all you can to show God has really chosen and selected you. If you keep on doing this, you won’t stumble and fall. Then our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will give you a glorious welcome into His kingdom that will last forever.” When we do what God’s word says to do: show -goodness, understanding, self-control, patience, devotion to God, concern for others, and love, then think if we all did that to each other, we would grow beautifully together, in our world we would make a beautiful sound that would be heard all across the nations. Then by doing our best to continue in this attitude we will receive the kingdom that will last forever…

A great place to start is by asking Jesus to forgive all your sins and come into your heart and change you forever more. Jesus came to earth to take on our pain, sin and suffering upon Himself on the cross, He then rose again so that He may have eternal life and give the very same to all who believe in Him.

Accept Him today, do your best with His help, to make a beautiful sound with your life.

Living, Risen, Savior

1John 4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be Savior of the world.

Luke 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in my God my Savior.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

That name is Jesus!

No other name!

Do you believe what He did was true? Some scholars estimate that there are about 30 surviving independent (from God’s word) sources written by 25 authors who attest to Jesus. Jewish book of Josephus, though separate from the Bible, also attest to the history of Jesus as well. History has made note of his existence even though He only lived between 33 and 39 years when He died, the Bible does not give an exact age. Jesus’ earthly life was relatively short but His influence was long-lasting. We only know that His ministry started when He was 30 years old and only lasted approximately 3 1/2 years. For someone who only lived a brief amount of time, what He accomplished in those few years goes down in history. Jesus is the only true living God and Savior!

John 3:16 “God so loved the people of this world, that He gave His only begotten Son, whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life!” Like the song says:

I love to tell the story,

of unseen things above-

of Jesus and His Glory,

of Jesus and His love;

I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true,

it satisfies my longings as nothing else would do.

I love to tell the story,

’twill be my theme in Glory,

to tell the old, old story, of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story, more wonderful it seems

Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams;

I love to tell the story, it did so much for me,

And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.

I love to tell the story, ’tis pleasant to repeat,

What seems each time I tell it more wonderfully sweet;

I love to tell the story , for some have never heard

The message of salvation from God’s own Holy Word.

I love to tell the story, for those who know it best,

Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest;

And when in scenes of Glory I sing the new, new song,

‘Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.

I had a personal encounter with the true living, risen, savior! That is a testimony that I love to repeat, and share with others, so that you may know how very much He loves you! He has given everyone a story, a personal encounter. Ask him to come into your life, to forgive you of all sin, guilt and shame, to become Lord of your life so that all things will be new for you! He died on the cross for you and rose again so that all who believe in Him will have everlasting life, along with your own personal story.

Happy Resurrection Day!

” Your King Is Coming”

Matthew 1:5-15

” When Jesus came to Jerusalem, everyone in the city was excited and asked, “Who can this be?

“The crowd answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee, “Jesus went into the temple and chased out everyone who was selling or buying. He turned over the tables of the money changers and the benches of the ones who were selling doves. He told them, ” The scriptures say. ‘ My house should be called a place of worship.’ But you have turned it into a place where robbers hide. “Blind and lame people came to Jesus in the temple, and He healed them. But the chief priests and the teachers of the Law of Moses were angry when they saw His miracles and heard the children shouting praises to the Son of David.” Sometimes we are flawed in that we expect something from God, we want Him to meet our expectations like these teachers of the law, when God wants to go far beyond our expectations! I do encourage everyone to let go of your own expectations and receive all that God has for you this resurrection day! If you have surrendered all that has weighed you down-all your sins, He is faithful and just to forgive you of all sin, give it all to Him! Ask Jesus to come into your life and be Lord over everything. This season we truly know that we serve a risen King! He sacrificed His own life, died for our sins and rose again so that we who believe are given a second chance for eternal life-and to rise with our Savior again into eternal life! He loves you, and He did it all for you and me!

Happy Resurrection Day!

“Light Your Lamp”

Are you keeping your lamp lit?

light in the darkness
Do not let your light go out

In Luke 12:35 (CEV)Be ready and keep your lamps burning just like those servants who wait up for their master to return from a wedding feast. As soon as He comes and knocks, they open the door for Him. Servants are fortunate if their master finds them awake and ready when He comes! I promise you He will get ready and let His servants sit down so He can serve them. Those servants are really fortunate if their master finds them ready, even though He comes late at night or early in the morning. You surely would not let a thief break into your home, if you knew when the thief is coming. So always be ready! You don’t know when the Son of Man will come. This commentary was powerful to me by MacLaren’s Expositions. I will share some of what I found in here marked ME, the rest is MM or me. When our Lord and King comes back there are 3 things that we surely need:1. Gird our loins, 2. light our lamps and keep them burning, and 3. Have waiting hearts. (ME)

As they indicated in this expose these things should stir us like a sounding trumpet for all. (ME) In those days a warrior would prepare for battle by wrapping their loins heavily to maintain a safe covering for those in fighting in battle. (ME) In general being ready for service for our King. Another way is to pray fervently for all that comes next for everyone as we receive our King. We need not be distracted, or worship other idols, or detached from what is expected of us. Stay focused. 2. We need to keep our lamps lit. He is talking about His word, His laws, His precepts, rules and guidelines handed down from the Father to teach us, direct us and guide us. God’s word should be what we gird our minds with to concentrate the power of God in each person serving Him. Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet.” Stay filled with His word.

3. The waiting heart. If we do not concentrate on who or what we are waiting for then we lose sight of what we are doing, we also lay aside our will to please Him. God’s word says good things come to those who wait, He also wants us to keep pure hearts. He desires that the conditions of our hearts remain right and clean, ready for His work. Scriptures say whatever we treasure, there our heart is. He wants us to have thankful hearts. Broken, forgiving hearts, pliable for His good purposes. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. The condition of our hearts is critical in our walk with the Lord. Some people are too wrapped up in the past, trying to live it over to make it better, trying to rectify something that is no longer important. This will create a smokescreen or a sandstorm for us not to be able to see who we really are or what we really want and desperately need in order to walk right for Him.

The past is gone, it is over -you do not need to relive it anymore. You have more important things to do for Him right now. Focus on the main things that we need to acquire in order to walk right and serve Him correctly.

If you have never asked the Jesus to be Lord of your life, it’s not too late, ask Him right now. He died taking on all the sins of the world, rose again, so that we may have eternal life, an abundant life, a free life. Light those lamps and keep them fueled with the word of God.


We are coming upon a popular holiday, Valentine’s Day and the topic of love is heard everywhere!

What does God say about love? He writes more about love than many other things, but my favorite verse is 1 Corinthians:13:4-8: “Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick-tempered. It doesn’t keep record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!”

When we meditate on what this verse says, it seems to me; the world would be a better place if we all grabbed onto this truth about what love really is.

C.S. Lewis has many quotes about love, one quote states: “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” This is exactly how God feels about us. People who have been hurt a lot struggle with this concept of a God who loves without expecting anything in return, without conditions. Why does He do this? God is love, it is Who He is. Another quote by C.S. Lewis: “God loves us NOT because we’re lovable, because He is love. Not because He needs to receive, because He delights to give.”

When we truly love someone, we do love without condition and because we delight to give to those who we truly love. With true love, as C.S Lewis stated. “To love at all is to be truly vulnerable.” There will always be a sacrifice. Jesus gave His life for the sake of all of us. He became the sin, sickness and shame, so that those who believe in Him have a chance to start again, ask God to forgive you today and surrender all pain, sickness and suffering at His feet, accept Him into your life as Lord. He died for you, He rose from the grave, so you may have eternal life! You will receive the greatest dose of love that you have ever experienced in your life.